Monday, May 11, 2009

Cuba, the forbidden fruit of American tourism

Havana dancer

No surprise here. Yet another poll shows that Americans favor lifting travel restrictions to Cuba, off limits to American tourists for decades. The Orbitz-Ipsos poll said:

* 67 percent of Americans say that they would support a policy that would allow all Americans to travel to Cuba.
* 32 percent of Americans would strongly support such a policy that would allow all Americans to travel to Cuba.
* Only 23 percent say that they would oppose lifting these restrictions for Americans traveling to Cuba
* 72 percent agree that expanding travel and tourism from the U.S. to Cuba would have a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of the Cuban people.

Orbitz released the poll results along with its new campaign to end the travel ban, OpenCuba.org.  Said Barney Harford, the head honcho of Orbitz Worldwide:
The OpenCuba.org campaign calls on the President and Congress to take action to end the travel ban to Cuba, giving all Americans the freedom to visit what once was a premier tourist destination for U.S. citizens.
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The Havana Note applauds Orbitz' new campaign